Sunday, 18 May 2014

The Sun Has Got His Hat On



This weekend we:
  • woke to blue skies.
  • drank iced coffee in the garden.
  • admired the cow parsley along the paths.
  • went to the local carnival.
  • ate ice creams.
  • forked out cash for overpriced inflatable slides.
  • bought a chocolate shake from the cutest caravan.
  • walked home in the afternoon sun past the church.
  • got the barbecue going.
  • drank rose in the garden when the kids were in bed.

Sometimes, just sometimes, the stars align and the weather is glorious when it is John's weekend off. Oh, it was a gorgeous weekend and we made the most of it. This time last year, almost to the day, I wrote a post called Carnival, in which we did very similar things but in the rain. Well, we went again this year and it was sunny and what a difference it makes! Everyone so happy and smiley, enjoying the outdoors, the kids in shorts and t-shirts, me in my flip flops, John wondering if last year's sun cream is still ok to use (I'm never sure - we used it anyway).

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Do you remember how I shared the appalling state of our car with you last week? Well, rather hilariously, John found out on Friday that he has to car share to a meeting this week and give a lift to two colleagues. Cue manic car cleaning this weekend. He spent two and a half hours this morning washing and waxing it, vacuuming the insides, polishing the windows, dusting the dashboard. He even bought some upholstery cleaner to get rid of the juice stain! We now have one fragrant, shiny, tidy car. For about a week, anyway.

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I have almost finished replying to all the comments on this post. It was exhilarating, reading them all, joining in the discussion. Thank you. Normal service will resume now. 

43 comments:

  1. I was just wondering whether you'd attended this event again yet this year. I enjoyed last year's post about it so much. It's been hot here and we've had the kids' pool set up in the backyard this weekend. Yesterday I was digging through the pool bag and found last year's sunscreen (I use a spray type) and was wondering if I should use it again and I went ahead and did it. I need to buy more this week, though. It's the dregs that are left and it'll all be gone soon. I realized that I'm going through it faster now, probably because their bodies are bigger.

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  2. I am so glad that your festival was full of fun and bright blue skies. I had to laugh about the car, nothing like a surprise trip with colleges to get it all sorted out.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  3. Everything is much better in the sun. I love weekends like this one. everything just falls into place. I always wonder about the sunscreen. This year I have bought the boys a factor 50 kids spray one each for their school bags from Lidl. It was really inexpensive at 2.99 each They used it this weekend so that they got the hang of applying. The sun is supposed to be still with us tomorrow. If only it would stay all next week for half term/

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  4. I am so happy you had a sunny weekend to enjoy the festival. I could totally go for that yummy ice cream cone right now! And a glass of rose in the garden sounds like the perfect ending to the day.

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  5. You've had a fun weekend! How cute is that vintage caravan? Enjoy your warm, sunny days.....ours are fading fast! Mel x

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  6. Wow, I love that caravan and the idea of iced coffee as well.. Looks like beautiful weather in your part of the world. Enjoy it while it lasts!! Xx

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  7. It looks very chilled in your garden - especially once the kids have gone to bed. Lovely photos of the carnival too xo

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  8. Glorious weather, isn't it? I love your ice cream photo.
    I can't find my flipflops anywhere. Jay said, 'We'll get you some more. It's not like they were expensive, is it?' I said nothing. They're Havaianas so they're not a reasonably-priced flipflop...
    I do like a freshly-cleaned car. One day!
    Sarah x

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  9. What a glorious weekend outing with your family my dear firnd... Hope you can have mana, many more this summer.

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  10. It looks like you had a really good weekend in the sunshine. Blissful isn't it? I love that little caravan, it's adorable. Great photos of the carnival, they are always nice places to take shots. I hope you guys have a good week Gillian. CJ xx

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  11. What a fun post with great photos.

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  12. The last part of your blog really made me smile. Lucky you, now you have a tidy, clean car with no effort ;-)))
    Looks like you had a fantastic weekend ! Especially the cake and ice cream part look véry appealing ;-)....

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  13. Sounds like one absolutely joyous weekend Gillian ..... and your photos are amazing!
    love the car story!
    love Jooles x x x

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  14. Hasn't it been lovely. I really enjoy watching Matt play cricket in the sun. A perfect afternoon. So different to last year where we spent so much huddled under blankets drinking hot chocolate. I may need to go and buy some Pimms to take next weekend if the sun stays out! Have a great week. Xx

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  15. You've had a busy but happy weekend, making the most of the glorious sunshine we are having, Gillian. The car story made me smile!
    Jacqui xx

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  16. It was a lovely weekend, the weather was glorious & it does so make a difference. Apart from trying to scrub out mud stains from a pair of football shorts mine has been spent in the garden. Loved the car story.

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  17. Sounds and looks like a fab weekend - loving the milkshake caravan! There's really no place better to be than the UK in the sun :-)

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  18. What an idyllic weekend, the sunshine makes everything so much better doesn't it?

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  19. Wonderful photos - gosh you British certainly do Summer well! xo

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  20. It has hasn't it, long may it last..............your weekend sounded lovely perfect way to enjoy the sun :)

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  21. My mum has the very same wine glasses you used for your rose, what a coincidence is that? Your weekend looks like so much fun! Ours was good but the weather wasn't playing nice. Enjoy your week. x

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  22. What a lovely day for a local carnival and sounds like rather nice weekend all together. Funny how cars get a good cleanout for taking other people somewhere. Ours did today as we have visitors arriving on Wednesday from UK for a couple of days whilst they are in Oz. Enjoy your week and take care.

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  23. Hip hip hip hooray! (sorry but I couldn't help join in with the song)
    The sunshine, the warmth of the sun, doing family things, (we had our grandson's christening) and just chilling out and relaxing, just made for a perfect weekend.
    Glad you enjoyed yours!

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  24. What a lovely weekend...it really does make it special when the stars align to make the weather good and no one has to work! :) Have a lovely week.

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  25. The weather is glorious isn't it. Your pictures are beautiful. I want the van.

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  26. What a wonderful weekend! So glad the sun shone for you. Love your coffe pot.

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  27. What a fabulous weekend you had...would you believe it, my husband was at work!! Hey ho xo

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  28. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend! The weather was glorious, wasn't it? We had a lovely time here too. I spent an hour on Saturday morning paper piecing a quilt (that's taking aaaages to make) whilst I was having my morning tea and it was just bliss.... Good weather does have a big impact on people's mood and sense of relaxation...., doesn't it?
    It is really lovely that you took the time to reply to every comment on your "boredom" post (thank you!), it was definitely a theme that stroke a chord with a lot of people and I also enjoyed reading everyone's comments.
    Have a lovely week! I always look forward to your posts.
    Pati x

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  29. It's been a glorious weekend hasn't it? Love that caravan and the car story prompted quite a big laugh out loud moment! Have a wonderful week.
    Jane x

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  30. beautiful evocative photos, well done. Sounds like a wonderful weekend.

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  31. It has been a super weekend! We've had a good week or so of great weather here. Sounds like you made the most of it and had a lovely weekend.

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  32. Hey Gillian,
    It would appear that everyone has had a fabulous weekend. Yours looks lovely. The little caravan is too cute.There is a similar one that pops up in Penzance selling tea and cake. I love it.
    Leanne xx

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  33. Aah, I can just feel the warmth and sunshine of the weekend - it truly was gorgeous and if only the rest of the summer would be like that. We had bramble gin cocktails rather than rose :) x

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  34. Glad that you had such a good time, sounds as though it was a fun weekend all round. Not sure about those flying chair ride things though, they look scary to me! That is so funny about your car after your description and then John having to clean it like mad. You must feel as though you have a new car! xx

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  35. A lovely selection of photos Gillian - really sums a beautiful summer's weekend in England.
    Caz xx

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  36. Beautiful sunshine photos. The carnival looked fun. It's been lovely having such a warm weekend x

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  37. Wasn't the weather fabulous? So glad you all enjoyed your weekend too - iced coffee in the garden is a real treat!
    Gill xx

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  38. Sounds like the perfect family day and I'm happy that it all went so well for you Gillian - perfect finish too!
    xo Joy

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  39. Sounds like a fantastic weekend! Love that wee caravan.
    Marianne x

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  40. Sounds like you had a whole lot of fun Gillian ... enjoy your spick and span car ... a clean and tidy car is a bit of a novelty here too ;) ... Bee xx

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  41. Beautiful photos, like the shake sign against the skiY in particular.

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  42. Great pictures (as always!). Your post has reminded me how much I love 99s and that I can't eat them Stupid vegan diet!

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  43. it sounds like a lovely, sunny, happy weekend! love the photos of the fair rides and ice cream x

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